I admit that I was one of the first people on board with the original idea that there would be no dragons in the main part of Elder Scrolls Online. I liked that the story of the Vestage was more about the Daedra and Molag Bal. I had some trouble with other things that drove me from the game originally, but the story didn’t even make it to the top 10 reasons why. Don’t get me wrong: I like dragons, and I enjoyed the way that Skyrim made them into nuanced creatures not just evil terrifying beasts. We’ve come a long way since Smaug. Of course, Elder Scrolls has always had a way of taking an established fantasy trope and spinning it sideways. Maybe that’s why I can put up with it when other fantasy games have turned me away. There is still a problem with dragons being in ESO because in-lore, dragons haven’t existed for a thousand years, and Creative Director Rich Lambert said they wouldn’t be in ESO. As with many of the lore in Elder Scrolls, these two … [Read more...] about Tamriel Infinium: Stuff it, naysayers, this is the perfect time for dragons in Elder Scrolls Online
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Most MMO dungeons are normal songs. You start out and you have a pretty clear picture of the beginning, middle, and end; they don’t really change up much. But the endless dungeon is like improvisational jazz. Sure, there’s a beginning and often a fairly reliable end, but the space in the middle can be filled with all sorts of things. You don’t even know what’s going to be there until you’re already in the thick of it. It could be filled with creme! (Probably not, but hey, life is weird sometimes.) Our reader Arsin asked us a while back about MMOs with endless dungeon modes of some sort, and well, we do our best to find these things out. The goal here is to have an online-only game with randomly generated content between the start and end. Arguably some of these might not fit your personal criteria, but that’s all right; there’s plenty of variety here! 1. Final Fantasy XI – Nyzul Isle One of the many different systems at work within Final … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: Endless dungeons in MMOs
Yesterday, the game that solidified my place in the MMO space would have turned 15 years old, and MJ, Bree, and I took a trip down memory lane by hopping into one of the Star Wars Galaxies emulators. All the memories of the adventures I had came flooding back, even though my muscle memory for the combat mechanics was gone. Since the launch of SWG in 2003, we have seen the launch of two other MMORPGs (Clone Wars Adventures and Star Wars: The Old Republic) and other multiplayer online Star Wars games, like Battlefront. If your experiences in these online games were anything like mine, you’ve made many friends that you would otherwise never had contact with and have lived through virtua; adventures you’d never dreamed of experiencing in real life. There was a time in this column’s lifespan that I would talk about all things Star-Warsy, leading up to the launch of SWTOR. And given that we just celebrated the original Star Wars MMO’s 15th anniversary, I figured I … [Read more...] about Hyperspace Beacon: Memorable moments in Star Wars Galaxies, the original Star Wars MMORPG
Your first MMO tends to stick in your mind in a certain way. The first time you realize that you’re in a game with other people, or you get a sense of the sheer scope of what that means. It happened early for me, pretty soon after I started playing Final Fantasy XI, but I still sometimes have moments in my preferred games where I’m all like “wow, these games are pretty great.” It’s a nice feeling when it happens. Of course, today’s question isn’t how often those hit you, it’s when your first did. Was it your first dungeon in World of Warcraft? Your first surprising story moment in Final Fantasy XIV? Your first PvP killing in EVE Online? Heck, maybe even just your first moments of grouping with another player in Blade & Soul. Share your stories with us today about the first moment when you were playing an MMO and found yourself just… amazed. Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What was your first ‘wow’ moment in an MMO?
A couple weeks ago during one of my guild’s regular The Secret World Monday nights, fellow blogger Syp and I got to discussing what we thought were some of the creepiest moments in the game. Which got to me thinking — well, let’s face it, there are more of these freaky moments in TSW than I can count, but I wanted to share these five gems that immediately came to mind. Have a look, and feel free to share your own in the comments. Also be sure to check out Syp’s companion piece on his “5 creepiest places” in TSW! 1. The Black House The Black House is a burned out husk of a home in the middle of the woods of Savage Coast. One thing about this house is that you can only enter through the side, not via the front entrance. Every attempt by the hapless player to do so will end with the same result: a forceful rejection (ejection?) and a rude landing ass-first onto the front lawn. I was lamenting upon this aloud on vent to my guildies once, during the early … [Read more...] about My 5 Creepiest Moments In The Secret World